Men's Soccer Drops NEWMAC Home Opener

Photo by Nina Kenny
Photo by Nina Kenny

NORTON, Mass. -  The Wheaton College men's soccer team hosted its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) home opener where the Lyons fell, 2-0, against the Worcester Polytechnic (WPI) Engineers on Saturday at Keefe Field.

The win advances WPI to 6-1-1 overall and 1-1 in NEWMAC competition while Wheaton drops to 5-4-1 on the season and 0-1-1 in NEWMAC play.

Wheaton opened the match by putting up a string of shots that missed just wide and were blocked by WPI defenders from first-year Neil Fitzgerald, senior Steven Pinski and first-year Roni Diniz

The Engineers found their first break of the game when they utilized a Wheaton foul to place themselves before Wheaton's defense. Junior Brendan Nemes crossed a pass to first-year Matt Mulligan who recorded a shot to the right side of the net, putting WPI on the board, 1-0, at 39:24.

Ten minutes into the second half, Nemes didn't slow down as he ran past defenders on the left side of the field before he found his opening to push through a goal that crossed to the right corner of the net, advancing WPI's lead, 2-0. 

As the clock dwindled down, the Lyons maintained possession for the majority of the rest of the half as Diniz, senior Kevin Davis, junior Louis Chavez and Pinski offered shots to try and get on the board, but came up empty. It was a last chance effort by sophomore Curran Wait when he headed a shot in the last minute of the game, only to be saved by WPI goalkeeper Connor Hoeckele to seal shutout.

Wheaton's junior goalkeeper Erik Wisniewski (401) claimed four saves during the game while Hoeckele registered seven.

Overall, the Lyons held the 24-13 measure on shots and 9-3 advantage on corner kicks.

Wheaton travels to Brandeis University on Tuesday for their next matchup. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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